1. Holiday World Announces First-Of-Its-Kind Coaster

    Last night, Holiday World revealed its plans for a $22 million ride, which they teased as the “first of its kind.” In 2015, the park will receive the first ever launched B&M Wingrider, Thunderbird.

    Thunderbird will feature a 60 mph launch, an Immelman, vertical loop, zero-g roll, and an in-line roll.

    This ride is also a major change for Holiday World. Known for their massive wooden coasters (Voyage, Legend, and Raven), Thunderbird will be the first major steel coaster. It also will cost “more than twice as much as we’ve spent on any other ride,” said spokeswoman Paula Werne. This ride is unusual for B&M as well, who in the past has refrained from building launching coasters. (The launch on Incredible Hulk was not manufactured by B&M.)

    Thunderbird is expected to open in Spring of 2015.

    B&M Wingrider

    Length: 3,035 ft

    Height: 140 ft

    Inversions: 4

    Speed: 60 mph

    Watch the POV here.

    Logo and renderings by Holiday World.

     
  2. Superman Ultimate Flight (Six Flags Discovery Kingdom)

    Premier Rides Launched Coaster

    Length: 863 ft

    Height: 150 ft

    Inversions: 1

    Speed: 62 mph

    Photo by Andrew Kirby.

     
  3. Mystery Mine (Dollywood)

    Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter

    Length: 1,811 ft

    Height: 85 ft

    Inversions: 2

    Speed: 46 mph

    Photo by Coasterimage.

     
  4. Iconic Colossus Closing

    Yes, it’s sad but true. What was billed as “the greatest coaster in the world” will be closing permanently August 16, according to banners around Magic Mountain.

    This classic woodie was featured in National Lampoon’s Vacation, as well as in many other movies and TV shows.

    Could this mean that the long-speculated Iron Colossus is on its way? It’s certainly possible, but nobody knows for sure. No matter what replaces it, Colossus will forever be missed.

    International Amusement Devices, Inc. Woodie

    Length: 4,325 ft

    Height: 125 ft (115 ft Drop)

    Inversions: 0

    Speed: 62 mph

    Photo by Eric Hernandez.

     
  5. Blue Streak (Cedar Point)

    Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters Woodie

    Length: 2,558 ft

    Height: 78 ft (72 ft Drop)

    Inversions : 0

    Speed: 40 mph

    Photo by Bellzatk.

     
  6. Incredible Hulk (Universal Studios Islands of Adventure)

    B&M Sitting Coaster

    Length: 3,700 ft

    Height: 110 ft (105 ft Drop)

    Inversions: 7

    Speed: 67 mph

    Photo by Zach Clarke.

     
  7. Dragon (Ocean Park)

    Arrow Dynamics Looping Coaster

    Length: 2,694 ft

    Height: 67.3 ft

    Inversions: 3

    Speed: 47.9 mph

    Photo by stephenk1977.

     
  8. Fahrenheit (Hersheypark)

    Intamin Vertical Lift Coaster

    Length: 2,700 ft

    Height: 121 ft

    Inversions: 6

    Speed:  58 mph

    Photo by shawnmeyer12.

     
  9. Banshee (Kings Island)

    B&M Inverted Coaster

    Length: 4,124.1 ft

    Height: 167 ft (150 ft Drop)

    Inversions: 7

    Speed: 68 mph

    Photo by Steven Franczek.

     
  10. Griffon (Busch Gardens Williamsburg)

    B&M Dive Coaster

    Length: 3,108 ft

    Height: 205 ft

    Inversions: 2

    Speed: 71 mph

    Photo by Zach Clarke.